ICYMI: Top stories of the week

Each week, we bring you a collection of the most viewed stories from The Daily Brew, condensed. Here are the top stories from the week of September 11-September 15.

Who sets public school curricula in each state

Debates over what gets taught in public school classrooms have taken on national political significance in recent years.

What do state laws say about who sets public school curricula? We examined state-specific information on curriculum authority, requirements, and statutes in all 50 states to answer that question. Here’s what we found:

  • In 45 states, a local entity (such as school districts and local schools) develops curricula.
  • In 3 states – Colorado, North Carolina, and Rhode Island – state-level entities (such as state boards of education and state education agency leaders) develop curricula.
  • In 2 states – South Carolina and Texas – both state-level entities and local entities develop curricula.

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California’s veto referendums will look different next year

On Sept. 8, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed AB 421 into law, changing how the state’s veto referendums will appear on future ballots. AB 421 replaces “Yes” and “No” with “Keep the law” and “Overturn the law,” respectively.

AB 421 is the 35th bill approved this year that addresses ballot measures and recalls. Use the link below to learn more about those changes.

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Previewing Louisiana’s secretary of state primary on Oct. 14

Louisiana is holding a primary election for secretary of state on Oct. 14.

Eight candidates are running—two Democrats, five Republicans, and one independent. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R), in office since 2018, is not running for re-election.

Under Louisiana’s unique majority-vote system, all candidates appear with party labels on the same primary ballot. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, they win outright, and the general election is canceled. Otherwise, the top-two vote-getters advance to the general election on Nov. 18.

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